Free Press is a Female/Filipina San Francisco based music collective with roots in soul, jazz, blues and improvisation.
Featured singers and players in this Female/Filipina ensemble include: Christie Aida (vocals), Mena Ramos (Afro-Cuban percussion), Laura Harris (Piano), and Amelia Catalano (flute and sax).
Free Press plays at venues such as Golden Gate Bandshell Jazz + Soul Fridays courtesy of SF Parks-Rec/Parks Alliance/Illuminate, SkyBridge on Stevenson All the Way Live Dance courtesy of the SF Parks Alliance, Bird and Beckett, Flower Piano, Kapwa Gardens, (SOMA Pilipinas), the Cadillac Hotel, Revolution Cafe, Club Deluxe, Madrone, the Lost Church, and other political/private/non-profit events.
We feature rotating guest musicians and poets such as Annelise Zamula (Flute/Saxophone), Ryan Mihaly, (saxophone/piano), David Boyce, (saxophone Broun Fellinis), Carl Nash (piano) and Tony Pena (violin), Ahkeel Mestayer, (percussion), Michael Cavaseno (guitar), Zornitsa Marinova (percussion), Rado Randriamamonjy (guitar), Jibril Alvarez (piano), revolutionary SF Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin and Filipino poet Jx Theo.
Free Press supports world musicians and political issues such as housing and human rights. "Housing is a human right" is a mantra which galvanized us in the aftermath of Ghostship, (Oakland), as many artists continue to live in substandard conditions, face eviction, or experience homelessness. Free Press supports non-profits such as Reality House West, Code Tenderloin, the Gubbio Project, Nepali/Tibetan Monasteries and local/national affordable housing organizations such as Habitat for Humanity.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for upcoming gigs and booking requests.